Training and qualifications to work in Germany

Did you obtain a professional qualification outside Germany and do you need to adjust your qualification to bring it up to the standard in Germany? Do you need a specialist language course for your profession?

We offer training courses for nursing and healthcare professions, skilled trades and professionals in industry, commerce and education.

Or have you completed a degree or a higher education diploma in business administration in another country? Then you can complete a bridging qualification to improve your employment opportunities.

All of IQ’s services are free of charge.

Nurse, midwife, medical technical assistant, medical laboratory assistant, radiology assistant, doctor, dentist, pharmacist, preschool teacher and other regulated professions

Professional Training Registration Process Service Centre

Did you complete your education in another country and train as a nurse, midwife, medical technical assistant, medical laboratory assistant, radiology assistant, doctor, dentist, pharmacist, preschool teacher or another regulated professional?

Has your qualification not been fully recognised in Germany?

The service centre can help you address any differences. The aim is for your qualification to be fully recognised so that you can work in your profession in Germany.

What we offer:

We will find a place for you on the right training scheme and will support you until your qualification is recognised.
We work with the recognition bodies, regional training centres and IQ recognition advice centres. We will draw up a training plan that will enable you to catch up on any training that is required for full recognition.

  • We will explain any significant differences that are identified between your qualification and the requirements.
  • We will present the pathways that you can follow to offset any significant differences between your professional training and the reference profession.
  • We will provide information about the process and the length of time it will take to offset any differences.
  • We will provide information on financial support (unemployment benefits [SGB II], measures to promote participation in the labour market [SGB III] and IQ funding).
  • We will provide coaching and language training for specific professions.
  • We will find a place for you on the right training programme (to help you prepare for a theoretical examination or additional training).
  • We will support you during your training scheme until you achieve full equivalence.


Anne Dann (Projektleiterin)
Kontakt Eberswalde e.V.
Bahnhofsplatz 2
16321 Bernau
Tel.: (03338) 7059430

Alexander Leifels (Projektmitarbeiter)
Tel: 03338/7059430

ESF-funded project under the Recognition Act


Preparatory course for the theoretical examination for physiotherapists

Did you train as a physiotherapist in another country? Has your qualification not yet been recognised in Germany?

You can now prepare for the theoretical examination at our centres and gain full recognition.
We support physiotherapists who qualified in another country and have not achieved full equivalence under the recognition process.
You can complete a preparatory course while you are working to make sure you are well prepared for the theoretical examination.

What we offer:

  • The following specialist training modules to prepare you for the theoretical examination:
  1. Fundamental principles
  2. The locomotor system
  3. Internal organs
  4. Movement skills and control
  5. Experience and behaviour
  6. Practice
  • Theoretical examination


Ursula von Reibnitz (Projektleitung)
MBN Medizinische Bildungsakademie Neuruppin GmbH
Gildenhaller Allee 28a
16816 Neuruppin
Tel.: 03391 39 -11130
Fax: 03391 39 -11139
Mobil: 0151-727 32201

Oliver Hacker
Tel.: 03391/400 21-12
Fax: 03391/400 21-20

ESF-funded project under the Recognition Act

Skilled trades, professionals in industry and commerce (e.g. industrial mechanic, automotive mechatronics technician, barber/hairdresser, medical assistant and other professions)

Skills assessment and qualification for professions with dual training

Have you trained in one of the 330 professions that have dual vocational training (e.g. as an industrial mechanic, an automotive mechatronics technician, a barber/hairdresser, a medical assistant or another profession)? If your qualification has not been recognised, or if it has not been fully recognised, you can offset any differences through training or use this service to prepare for an examination.

What we offer:

  • We will advise you and ask you about your skills: what can you do?
  • We will assess and document these skills (if your qualification has been rejected during the recognition process or if it is likely to be rejected)
  • We arrange additional training for people who are qualified in a skilled trade or an industrial/commercial profession and whose foreign qualifications have been partially recognised
  • We arrange training to upgrade qualifications for people who are trained in a skilled trade or an industrial/commercial profession and whose application for recognition has been rejected or is likely to be rejected


Alex Schenk (Projektleiter)
IHK-Projektgesellschaft mbH Ostbrandenburg
Puschkinstraße 12 b
15236 Frankfurt (Oder)
Tel:  (0335) 60 69 61 36
E-Mail: schenk(at)ihk-projekt(dot)de

ESF-funded project under the Recognition Act

Educational professions

German language course for educational professions

Have you gained an educational degree in another country? Would you like to improve your German language skills? This is one way to improve your employment opportunities and earn more money.

The aim is to help educational professionals achieve C1 or C2 level German by completing a specialist language course while they are working. Preschool teachers can also take part in the language course.

What we offer:

  • German language course to C1/C2 level while working (specialist language for educational professions)
  • One-to-one coaching
  • Training module: Professional alternatives with an education degree

To take part in the specialist language course, you must have German at B2 level.
Each course lasts 300 hours. The course takes place on Fridays and Saturdays and during school holidays.


Olga Leibolt (Projektleitung)
Urania Schulhaus GmbH
Am Moosfenn 1
14478 Potsdam
Tel.: 0331 8885817
E-Mail: o.leibolt(at)urania-schulhaus(dot)de

ESF-funded project under the Recognition Act

Business Administration

Bridging qualification in Business Administration

Do you have a foreign degree or higher education diploma, but are not currently working or are not working in your specialist field?

Then the University of Potsdam bridging qualification in Business Administration is just the thing for you. We will refresh your knowledge in various areas of business management and give you the opportunity to gain soft skills and to improve your German language skills. This will improve your employment opportunities.

What we offer:

  • Training in your specialist field: introduction to Business Administration, introduction to financial accounting, introduction to cost and performance accounting, international trade relationships, introduction to health economics, tax law, controlling, marketing and sales/business development   
  • Intercultural communication, employment law, Microsoft Office, job coaching, communication within teams, project and conflict management, integrated learning of your specialist subject and the German language
  • Internship: the one-month internship is intended to help prepare you to enter employment.
  • Qualification awarded: you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Katrin Mischun (Projektleiterin)
Tel.: (0331) 9774608
E-Mail: katrin.mischun(at)up-transfer(dot)de

Karolina Plzak
Tel.: (0331) 9774657
E-Mail: karolina.plzak(at)up-transfer(dot)de

UP Transfer GmbH an der Universität Potsdam
August-Bebel-Str. 89, Haus 7
14482 Potsdam

ESF-funded project under the Recognition Act

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